Australian Biological Resources Study

Australian Faunal Directory


Regional Maps


Compiler and date details

2012 - Tim O'Hara, Museum Victoria, Carlton, Victoria, Australia

2001 - Tim O'Hara, Museum Victoria, Carlton, Victoria, Australia

1995 - F.W.E. Rowe & J. Gates, Australian Museum, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia


The family Holothuriidae is distributed in tropical and temperate seas. It comprises six genera. Five genera (and 14 subgenera in Holothuria) and sixty-four species are recorded in the Australian fauna.

Holothuriids are aspidochirote holothurians distinguished from other families within the order by the following combination of character states: tentacles peltate, 16–30; podia (as ventral pedicels and dorsal papillae) present; gonad in single tuft on left side of dorsal mesentery; ossicles in variety of forms including three dimensional tables, two dimensional plates and rods but not including 'C'- or 'S'-shaped rods; tentacle ampullae present; cuvierian organs sometimes present.


History of changes

Note that this list may be incomplete for dates prior to September 2013.
Published As part of group Action Date Action Type Compiler(s)
15-Sep-2023 11-Dec-2012 MODIFIED
12-Feb-2010 (import)